It’s STILL Vardy Vs Coleen! Rebekah prepares to stick the boot in again as she gives HER side of the story about the Wagatha trial for new docu-series
Coleen Rooney famously won her Wagatha Christie battle following a three-year libel trial with Rebekah Vardy costing millions.
And a new two-part docu-series called Vardy vs Rooney: The Wagatha Trial for discovery+ is set to examine both sides of the story.
While Coleen, 36, herself won’t be involved, Rebekah, 40, will be interviewed for the first episode, which focuses on her version of events, along with her lawyer.
The second episode looks at things from Coleen’s point of view, along with other contributors, such as friends and journalists that covered the trial.
It’s STILL Vardy Vs Coleen! Rebekah Vardy, (right), prepares to stick the boot in again as she gives HER side of the story about the Wagatha trial for new docu-series
Three years ago, Rebekah and Coleen wives of footballers, Wayne Rooney, 37, and Jamie Vardy, 35, made headlines in what became known as the Wagatha Christie Trial.
Coleen had accused Rebekah of leaking stories about her to the press, in an Instagram post which claimed the stories were being leaked from Vardy’s account.
Rebekah denied this and sued for libel.
Now Vardy, and her lawyer, are set to tell the full story of the case for the first time.
Story: Coleen had accused Rebekah of leaking stories about her to the press, in an Instagram post which claimed the stories were being leaked from Vardy’s account
More to say: Rebekah denied this and sued for libel. Now Vardy, and her lawyer, are set to tell the full story of the case for the first time (pictured on her way to court in May)
Using candid testimony, expert witnesses, private Instagram posts and combustive WhatsApp messages, this two-part series examines the case from both Vardy and Rooney’s perspective, asking: Who is right? Who is wrong?
Episode one tells Rebekah’s story exposing the trolling that drove her to bring the libel case and why she maintains her innocence.
Rebekah Vardy became public enemy number one when fellow footballer’s wife, Coleen Rooney, outed her as the serial leaker of private stories with the infamous “It’s……. Rebekah Vardy’s account” post.
Rebekah’s life fell apart, heavily pregnant, she was besieged by trolls and received death threats.
Rebekah decided to sue Coleen for libel as she attempted to clear her name.
In this film Rebekah and her legal team speak about the allegations, tell of the huge pressure they were under and reveal how they fought the case.
Drama: Rebekah Vardy became public enemy number one when fellow footballer’s wife, Coleen Rooney, outed her as the serial leaker of private stories with the infamous “It’s……. Rebekah Vardy’s account” post (pictured together at Euro 2016)
Accusation: Rooney famously posted on Instagram accusing Vardy of leaking stories to The Sun newspaper following her own months-long ‘sting operation
The second episode, from Coleen’s perspective, explaining how she uncovered her ‘snitch’, then defended herself, ending in the verdict which vindicated her.
Coleen spent years fearing that a member of her family or a close friend was leaking private stories about her to a tabloid newspaper.
She issued numerous warnings to the ‘snitch’ but as the leaks continued, she decided to act in a daring social media sting.
Despite no legal or detective training her audacious investigation set a trap with fake stories. She then outed fellow footballer’s wife, Rebekah Vardy.
Now she must prove in court that her allegations are true in the Wagatha Trial.
And it’s also being turned into a play! Vardy v Rooney: A Courtroom drama, will give viewers a chance to relive the untelevised scenes from inside the courtroom
On top of this, tickets for a Wagatha Christie West End play sold out within minutes upon their release last week.
Documenting Rebekah and Coleen’s bitter libel trial, the production titled Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial, will debut on November 15 at Wyndham’s Theatre.
And when seats costing between £67.50 and £32.50 went on sale at 11am, all 760 spots were taken in minutes.
And Channel 4 are also getting in on the act with a new drama about the trial.
Spitting image! This Is England star Chanel Cresswell, who plays Coleen, donned a sleek brunette ponytail, and a patterned Zara dress in the image (left) to emulate her look (right)
Here he is! Meanwhile Michael Sheen takes centre stage in the first look snap (left), playing the role of Coleen’s Barrister David Sherborne (right)
Twins: Natalia Tena (left) will play Rebekah Vardy (right), who was accused of leaking stories about Coleen in the high-profile court case
Created from the real court transcripts, the miniseries will give viewers a chance to relive the untelevised scenes from inside the courtroom with all the drama that kept the public and media gripped for weeks.
Coleen, who will be played by This In England star Chanel Cresswell in the much-anticipated series, perused through a selection of pamphlets in the driver’s seat of her car before heading out for the day.
While Chanel is set to star as Coleen, Michael will play the role of her high profile Barrister David Sherborne.
Natalia Tena is set to play the role of Rebekah Vardy, who lost her High Court battle with Coleen in July.
Vardy vs Rooney: The Wagatha Trial will be available to stream from Saturday November 19.
Wagatha Christie timeline: How Coleen and Rebekah’s war unfolded
September 2017 to October 2019 – The Sun runs a number of articles about Coleen, including that she travelled to Mexico to look into baby ‘gender selection’ treatment, her plan to revive her TV career and the flooding of her basement.
October 9, 2019 – Coleen uses social media to accuse Rebekah of selling stories from her private Instagram account to the tabloids. It prompts #WagathaChristie to start trending.
February 13, 2020 – In a tearful appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, Rebekah says the stress of the dispute caused her to have severe anxiety attacks and she ‘ended up in hospital three times’.
June 23, 2020 – It emerges that Rebekah has launched libel proceedings against Coleen.
November 19-20, 2020 – The libel battle has its first High Court hearing in London. A judge rules that Coleen’s October 2019 post ‘clearly identified’ Rebekah as being ‘guilty of the serious and consistent breach of trust’.
Mr Justice Warby concludes that the ‘natural and ordinary’ meaning of the posts was that Rebekah had ‘regularly and frequently abused her status as a trusted follower of Coleen’s personal Instagram account by secretly informing The Sun of Coleen’s private posts and stories’.
February 8-9, 2022 – A series of explosive messages between Rebekah and her agent Caroline Watt – which Coleen’s lawyers allege were about her – are revealed at a preliminary court hearing.
Coleen’s lawyers seek further information from the WhatsApp messages, but the court is told that Ms Watt’s phone fell into the North Sea after a boat she was on hit a wave, before further information could be extracted from it.
February 14 – Coleen is refused permission to bring a High Court claim against Ms Watt for misuse of private information to be heard alongside the libel battle. A High Court judge, Mrs Justice Steyn, says the bid was brought too late and previous opportunities to make the claim had not been taken.
April 13 – Ms Watt is not fit to give oral evidence at the upcoming libel trial, the High Court is told as the case returns for another hearing.
May 10 onwards – The trial began
July 29 – Rebekah Vardy lost her defamation case against Coleen Rooney, the judge ruled Mrs Rooney’s accusation was ‘substantially true’.
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